Standings

1st. New York Mets- 23-13

2nd. Philadelphia Phillies- 17-18 (5.5 GB)

3rd. Atlanta Braves- 16-19 (6.5 GB)

4th. Miami Marlins- 15-19 (7 GB)

5th. Washington Nationals- 12-24 (11 GB)

 

Recap

New York Mets

The Mets took two of three on the road in Washington to begin their week. Taijuan Walker picked up his first win of the season in the rubber match by throwing seven shutout innings with just three hits allowed in a 4-2 win. Mark Canha had a huge day at the plate, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

New York then returned home to play host to Seattle for three games. They lost their first series of the season here by winning just one of three. Each game was decided by one run, with the game the Mets won being a 5-4 final score. Patrick Mazeika hit a solo, go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh in his first game of the season to send the Mets to victory. 

Upcoming games- Four at home with the Cardinals followed by three in Colorado 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies started a spectacular West coast trip by taking two of three from the Mariners for their first series win on the road. Rhys Hoskins hit three home runs in the series, including a grand slam that provided all the offense in a 4-2 series deciding victory on Wednesday. 

Philadelphia then traveled to L.A. where they surprisingly took three of four and lost a chance to sweep with two outs in the ninth inning in the final game. The Phillies scored 33 runs in the four games, which was more than the Dodgers had allowed at home all season until that point. Bryce Harper tormented the Dodgers and is hitting a ridiculous .519 over his last seven games with an other-worldly 1.637 OPS. 

Upcoming games- Six game homestand with three with the Padres followed by three with the Dodgers 

 

Atlanta Braves 

The Braves split a quick two game series at home with the Red Sox to begin their schedule this week. Orlando Arcia hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth that broke a 3-3 tie and gave Atlanta a 5-3 win. It was Arcia’s third hit of the day, and it raised his season average to .355 in 11 games played. 

Atlanta then hosted San Diego for three. They dropped two of those three, with the lone win coming Saturday in a 6-5 contest. The Padres scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead before the Braves scored four in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead. Austin Riley had the go-ahead hit, an RBI double to left for his third hit of the day.  

Upcoming games- Three in Milwaukee followed by three in Miami 

 

Miami Marlins

The Marlins dropped two of three in Arizona to start their week’s slate. They avoided a sweep with an 11-3 win on Wednesday that featured three home runs from Joey Wendel, Jazz Chisholm Jr., and Avisail Garcia. The latter two were part of a ninth inning where Miami scored eight runs to break a 3-3 tie. 

Miami then hosted the Brewers for three over the weekend. They only managed to take one of those games, a 9-3 win on Saturday. A pair of four run innings in the fourth and the sixth powered the Marlins who clubbed three home runs in the game. All three of those long balls came in the fourth inning, with Jesus Aguilar and Jorge Soler going back-to-back and Brian Anderson adding a two-run blast. 

Upcoming games- Six at home starting with three with the Nats followed by three with the Braves 

 

Washington Nationals

The Nats dropped two of three at home to the Mets to start the week. A five run first inning in game two powered Washington to its only win of the series, an 8-3 victory. They pounded Mets’ starter Tyler Megill for 8 runs on 8 hits and two home runs in just 1.1 innings pitched. 

Washington then hosted the Houston Astros for three. They took one of those three in a 13-6 showing where the Nats pounded out 14 hits and two home runs. Yadiel Hernandez was one of those two with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third after opening the scoring with an RBI single in the first. The 34-year-old is now hitting .333 with an OPS of .886 in 26 games this season.  

Upcoming games- Three in Miami followed by three in Milwaukee